With 21 Grand Slam singles titles, four Olympic gold medals, and recently her sixth Wimbledon title under her belt, it’s safe to say that Williams is at the top of her game.
When she won the Wimbledon title a few weeks ago, she experienced a great deal of body shaming on social media, with many saying she is built ‘like a man’ especially compared to other tennis players. Many even compared her body shape to the somewhat masculine physique of Caitlyn Jenner.
In a recent photo editorial for New York Magazine, Williams shows that her body is actually the epitome of strength and femininity, and she poses with confidence and conviction.
— New York Magazine (@NYMag) August 10, 2015
In the New York Magazine interview, Williams, whom Sports Illustrated once described as having “one of the most sustained careers of excellence in the history of athletics” touched on some of the gender inequalities she’s experienced. She recalls her 2009 R1 million fine for saying “I’ll f**king take this ball and shove it down your fucking throat” to an umpire.
“I just really thought that was strange. You have people who made a career out of yelling at line judges. And a woman does it, and it’s like a big problem. But you know, hey,” she said.
With so many titles behind her in her 16-year journey, Williams shares how she wants to leave a legacy, something that will be more than just a nostalgic memory, which is why she started her fashion line.
“I have lots of trophies, and I’m just — I’m not that person that needs to see all these trophies . . . I have some in my house here, some in my house there, some I don’t know what happened to ’em. I have my grand-slam trophies . . . somewhere,” she says.
Williams might not be one for sentimental longing for the past, but this shoot is definitely one for the books that we will remember for many years to come.
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Sources: New York Magazine, ESPN
Images sourced from Facebook and New York Magazine